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Bathurst welcomes new Director of Medical Services

11 November 2022

Western NSW Local Health District would like to welcome Dr Marco Metelo as the new Director of Medical Services at Bathurst Health Service. Dr Metelo brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position, having worked in similar roles across NSW, in both rural and metropolitan settings. Dr Metelo said he is eager to begin his new role and...

Free WNSWLHD vaccination clinics for Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus

09 November 2022

The Western NSW LHD (WNSWLHD) is running free vaccination clinics for eligible people in Narromine (2821) and Wellington (2820) to help protect them against Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus in time for the summer mosquito season. It is important to vaccinate now against JE virus if you are eligible because it takes up to four weeks following vaccination to develop a...

Patients give very high ratings of care to hospitals in Western NSW

09 November 2022

Patients treated at Western New South Wales Local Health District (WNSWLHD) hospitals have given very high ratings of their experiences of care, with almost all patients (93 per cent) saying the overall care they received was ‘very good’ or ‘good’. The Bureau of Health Information’s 2021 Adult Admitted Patient Survey, released today, asked patients admitted to hospital about their experiences...

Mosquito Warning for flooded areas

08 November 2022

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is urging the community to protect themselves against mosquito bites. Last mosquito season Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus was detected in NSW for the first time. A total of 13 confirmed cases (people with severe illness) were notified in NSW last season, including from areas in Western NSW. In addition, JE was detected in samples...


03 November 2022

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Acting Executive Director Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Donna Stanley has been recognised at a national level, receiving the Australian Mental Health Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Prize. The University of NSW Australian Mental Health Prize recognises the important and ground-breaking work being done in mental health care. Donna is a proud Gunggari Umby woman,...

Women’s Health Nurse now located in Coonabarabran

26 October 2022

Women in, and around, Coonabarabran are to benefit from a new women’s health nurse who will provide specific care tailored towards women specific health needs. Minister for Women and Regional Health Bronnie Taylor, said this is a huge boost for women in the region providing an outreach service to residents in Baradine, Binnaway and Coonamble. “As a previous breast cancer...

Temporary changes to hospital services at Nyngan Multipurpose Service

25 October 2022

The Western NSW Local Health District will temporarily suspend the use of five of the six inpatient beds at Nyngan Multipurpose Service (MPS) as a result of ongoing vacancies in the nursing workforce. Chief Executive of the WNSWLHD, Mark Spittal, said while very disappointing the measure was essential for the wellbeing of nursing staff, and would help maintain the existing...

Recognising Western NSW’s Allied Health heroes

14 October 2022

This International Allied Health Professions Day, Western NSW Local Health District is celebrating the exceptional work of our valued allied health workforce. One of many Western NSW patients to benefit from the skills and dedication of allied health professionals is 35-year-old Bathurst resident, Josie Magnay. In 2021, Josie was diagnosed with necrotising pancreatitis. For Josie, this meant eight-and-a half months...

Young people embrace mental health pilot program

14 October 2022

Young people across the Dubbo region continue to benefit from expanded, digital mental health support through the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Moderated Online Social Therapy (MOST) pilot program. MOST is a free, digital service which provides on-demand, 24/7 mental health support for people aged 12-25, providing tailored online tools and programs guided by clinicians and peer workers with...

Remember lessons learned as COVID-19 isolation ends

12 October 2022

NSW Health is urging the community to continue to look out for one another after mandatory isolation ends this Friday, 14 October by remembering lessons learned. NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said at the top of the list is staying home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, get tested and if you must head out, wear a...